SURF Awards

SURF Awards


About the SURF Awards


SURF’s annual awards process, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, is open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland that are currently in place or that have been completed within two years of the closing date. The purpose of the SURF Awards is:

To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;
To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The SURF Awards offers an opportunity for regeneration projects of all sizes to demonstrate value to funders and partners, support team-building and develop a national profile. Winning projects highlighted in the 2015 SURF Awards will also receive additional showcase opportunities through SURF activities in 2016.


The 2015 SURF Awards: Share Your Success


If you are involved with, or know of, a successful regeneration initiative in Scotland, please consider nominating it in the 2015 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.
The timescale for the 2015 SURF Awards process is:

Wed 1 July: Opening date for applications;
Mon 14 Sept: Closing date for applications;
Thu 10 Dec: Following in-depth assessment by an independent judging panel, SURF Awards are formally awarded to winning projects at a celebratory presentation dinner event by a leading Scottish Government Minister in Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel.

There are five categories of entry, reflecting the full diversity of regeneration activity impacting upon Scottish communities:

Scotland’s Most Improved Town (with small, medium and large sub-categories)
Large Scale Infrastructure
Creative Regeneration
Community Led Regeneration

To apply, please download the Information Paper, which has detailed information on criteria for each category:


Information Paper (PDF)


Once a category has been selected, please download and complete the relevant Application Form:


Community Led Regeneration (PDF)


Community Led Regeneration (Word)


Creative Regeneration (PDF)


Creative Regeneration (Word)


Employability (PDF) 


Employability (Word)


Large Scale Infrastructure (PDF)


Large Scale Infrastructure (Word)


Scotland’s Most Improved Town (PDF) 


Scotland’s Most Improved Town (Word)


Submit the Application Form on or before the Monday 14 September closing date by:

Fax: 0141 583 4151
Post: SURF, Orkney Street Enterprise Centre, 18-20 Orkney Street, Glasgow G51 2BX


If you have any issues with the application materials, or any general enquiries about the 2015 SURF Awards, don’t hesitate to contact SURF’s Derek Rankine (0141 440 6393, or Emma Scott (0141 440 6392,


The 2015 SURF Awards are delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government, with additional support from Architecture + Design ScotlandCreative ScotlandHighlands and Islands EnterprisePASRTPI ScotlandScotland’s Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland.


Previous SURF Awards


Please click here for a full summary of the 2014 SURF Awards outcomes, including a summary publication and short film.
Information on all recent annual SURF Awards iterations is available on this webpage.